• Senator Dodd on the coast
  • Senator Dodd during a wildfire
  • Senator Dodd in a classroom

Press Release

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A pair of bills advanced Tuesday from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will help protect people from power lines and utility systems that are damaged in extreme weather and could spark future wildfires like those that have ravaged California.

Press Release

Friday, April 13, 2018

NAPA – Sen. Bill Dodd expressed strong support Friday for the extension of Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency declaration covering Northern California counties ravaged by the October wildfires.

“As we recover, we have to make sure victims of this terrible tragedy are not taken advantage of,” Senator Dodd said. “Price-gouging in communities impacted by the wildfire is not acceptable. I’ve been working with the governor on fire recovery for the past six months and appreciate this step to ensure our communities are protected.”

Press Release

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SACRAMENTO – A proposal from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to provide universal preschool to 4-year-olds cleared the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.

The legislation builds on the state’s existing transitional kindergarten program, which is currently available to 4-year-olds who turn 5 shortly after the start of their first semester.

Press Release

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Legislation from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that will strengthen In-Home Supportive Services in the event of natural disasters resulting in emergency declarations cleared a key Senate committee Tuesday.

The bill, which was approved by members of the Senate Human Services Committee, comes in the wake of last year’s devastating wildfires and mudslides that exposed systematic shortcomings faced by the state’s most vulnerable residents and the caregivers who assist them.

Press Release

Monday, April 9, 2018

The state Senate passed a bipartisan resolution Monday by Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the creation of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve, the landmark law to protect farmland that was the first of its kind in the nation.

Napa County supervisors adopted the preserve on April 6, 1968, in part to guard the region’s grape-growing heritage against unchecked development and urban sprawl happening elsewhere in the Bay Area. The measure was strengthened by voters in 2008, extending protections to 2058.

Press Release

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sen. Bill Dodd testifies at Transportation and Housing Committee on April 3, 2018.

SACRAMENTO -- Senator Bill Dodd’s proposal to improve public safety during power outages by requiring newly sold or installed garage door motors to be equipped with backup batteries on Tuesday cleared a key committee.

District Report

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Message from Bill Dodd

Dear Neighbor,

This month marks the start of spring, which represents growth and presents us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on our progress as a community. Over the past year, we’ve made meaningful progress in a number of areas, including wildfire recovery, but there is still much to be done. That is why I’m advancing proposals for new fire prevention safeguards by utilities, insurance reforms, emergency alerts, increased mutual aid, and additional state support for impacted communities. At the same time we must continue to improve our education system, and provide every Californian with access to preschool, and I have authored a bill to help accomplish that.

Press Release

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


SACRAMENTO, CA – The state Senate passed a bipartisan resolution by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) declaring March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in California. The purpose of the declaration is to raise public awareness of problem gambling and connect individuals in need with treatment.

“Awareness and access to services are critical for anyone struggling with addiction, and that includes those facing gambling problems," said Senator Dodd. “I hope this will promote better understanding of problem gambling and prompt people struggling with problem gambling seek help.”


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) adjourns the California State Senate in memory of Christine Loeber, Dr. Jennifer Gray Golick & Dr. Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, who were killed at the Pathway Home in Yountville on Friday, March 9, 2018.

Press Release

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Local resident Shana Jones has been honored as Woman of the Year by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa). In celebration of Women’s History Month, the state Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their respective districts and communities.